Nirvana Cloud Feature Update

Joe McLaughlin

3 min read

We are excited to announce that the following new features have been added to Nirvana Cloud!




Multi-Volume Support for Virtual Machines


Starting today, users can now attach up to 6 volumes to their VMs. 

This feature is available for all VMs, including existing VMs.


Some common use cases for using multiple volumes on a VM are:

  • Separating the boot volume from the data volume for better performance and easier management.
  • Adding additional volumes to a VM for more storage space.
  • Utilizing raid configurations for better performance and redundancy.
  • Creating separate volumes for different applications or services running on the VM.
  • Storing blockchain snapshots temporarily on a second volume and removing that volume after the snapshot extraction is complete.


To create a new VM with multiple volumes, simply click on the "Add Volume" button in the "Storage Volumes" section of the VM creation wizard.

To add volumes to an existing VM, click on the "Add Volume" button on the VM details page.


Read more about this feature in our docs!



Volume Expansion


Starting today, users can also expand the size of a volume on a VM.

This feature is available for all volumes, including existing volumes.

If you would like to increase the size of a volume on a VM, you can do so by expanding the volume and then resizing the filesystem on the volume.


Some things to keep in mind when working with volumes on Nirvana Cloud:

  • When adding or removing a volume from a VM, the VM will be stopped while the volume is being added or removed and will be started again once the add/remove operation is complete.
  • Make sure to unmount the volume and update the fstab file before removing a volume to avoid boot issues.
  • After expanding a volume, make sure to resize the filesystem on the volume to make use of the additional space.
  • Volumes can only be expanded, not shrunk. Make sure to back up any important data before expanding a volume to avoid data loss.


Read more about this feature in our docs!




Official Support for Ubuntu 24.04 LTS (Noble Numbat)


We are excited to announce that Ubuntu 24.04 LTS (Noble Numbat) is now officially supported on Nirvana Cloud!


Ubuntu 24.04 LTS is the latest long-term support release from Canonical, and it comes with a host of new features and improvements, including:

  • Linux 6.8 Kernel: improved syscall performance, nested KVM support on ppc64el, access to the newly landed bcachefs filesystem, low-latency kernel features have been merged into the default kernel (reducing kernel task scheduling delays).
  • Upgraded Packages: Python 3.12, Ruby 3.2, PHP 8.3, OpenJDK 21, Rust 1.75, and Go 1.22.
  • Netplan v1.0: simultaneous WPA2 & WPA3, Mellanox VF-LAG for high-performance SR-IOV networking and VXLAN improvements.
  • Package security-hardening improvements: Packages are now built with security-hardening features which stop many undiscovered security vulnerabilities, rendering them unexploitable.
  • Services restart on unattended-upgrade: The needrestart package has been modified to systematically restart services if affected by a library upgrade, including in non-interactive scenarios such as unattended-upgrade.


To create a new VM with Ubuntu 24.04 LTS, simply select "Ubuntu 24.04 LTS" from the "Choose Your Operating System" dropdown in the VM creation wizard.


Check out our updated docs here!


If you have any questions or comments, please don't hesitate to reach out to our support team!




Joe McLaughlin
Senior Cloud Architect @ Nirvana Labs